Boldness will deliver equality

13th May 2016 at 00:00

With the Scottish Parliament election now over, it is now time to get down to business and for our MSPs to hit the ground running.

The vision to make Scotland one of the best places in the world for vulnerable young people to grow up in is a bold one, but one that our newly elected MSPs should aspire to.

More than one in five pupils are identified as having additional support needs, and so if we are to reduce the attainment gap, we must provide them with the care and support they that need.

There has been a great focus on improving the lives of care experienced children and young people. This aspiration must be turned into a reality and a root and branch review of the care system undertaken.

More needs to be done to help the increasing number of children and young people suffering from mental health problems. A refocusing on preventative support and early intervention is to be welcomed and we await the proposed new mental health strategy with interest.

We would urge all of our MSPs to be bold in their efforts to close the attainment gap and deliver a more equal society, making Scotland one of the best places in the world for our vulnerable children and young people to grow up in.

The Scottish Children’s Services Coalition

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A bit worried about going to bed tonight [after voting closed]. What are we going to wake up to next for Scottish education?

@GilchristGeorge

The Scottish election results! Interesting stuff – shows what a different voting system can achieve.

@KA Humanities

It’s being asked now whether a minority SNP government might drop #namedperson policy to get support for their budget?

@CDO_Neill

Congratulations to all new MSPs – look forward to working with you to tackle LGBT bullying in schools and reform trans laws.

@Stonewall Scotland

Just met @Ross_Greer, youngest-ever MSP. He was pleased to discover he now represents the area where @UKRobotWars is filmed!

@GrhamJFraser

Proud to be Scottish today giving votes to young people. #VotesAt16

@MsLaureneEdgar

I think the focus should be on ensuring that by the time they leave school every pupil is registered to vote.

@BrodieJ96

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